Category Archives: GMOs

Do you believe in the power of wonky SPUDS?

Here’s a question that just popped up in my inbox: Can a wonky potato, some markers and a packet of crisps change the course of Irish Agriculture? It was asked by a woman who will be familiar to many people interested in the future of Irish food, the inimitable Kaethe Burt-O’Dea. The implicit question being posed by Kaethe was also, do you fancy a healthy and unique day out this coming weekend, where your physical work out is rewarded by a bag of spuds for the Christmas table AND a good story to tell while you’re eating them, one that involves you helping to save the future of Irish agriculture? Kaethe is one of founders and drivers of SPUDS, which was launched in 2012 “as a proactive response to the decision to trial genetically modified (GM) blight resistant potatoes in Ireland”. Read the rest of this entry

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Galway Food Festival calling

Listen. What’s that noise?

It’s Galway calling. I’ve been trying to ignore it for days, even weeks, but it won’t stop at me.

The city that’s really a village (in the same way that Dublin’s really a town) is throwing another party this weekend you see. And like all great parties – something this village-city knows a thing or two about – the best action is going to be in the kitchen.

They’re calling this party a food festival, or ‘Galway Food Festival’ to be precise, but of course a party is a party by any other name. Especially when you’ve the likes of Mr Whippy Soundsystem whipping up a soundtrack for the Feast on a Street in Crane Square on Easter Monday afternoon (with roast pig-on-a-spit from Kai & Cava, and a potato-carrying competition to boot). Read the rest of this entry

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Your Future, Your Food

We need to talk. I haven’t been blogging much in recent weeks. I feel I need to explain.

You might think it’s because I’ve been busy off living my life, not giving you a second thought. But quite the contrary. It’s not me I’ve been thinking about, it’s you. Or to be more precise, your food.

Yes, the future of your food has been quite the recurring theme in my offline life of late. Read the rest of this entry

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Tomorrow’s decisions re GMOs in Ireland

A brief posting this and one I’ll follow up on, but I attended a press conference today which was called to raise awareness that our outgoing Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smyth is, in the last few days of governance, travelling … Read the rest of this entry

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